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approaches which were under constant and heavy shell and machine–
fire. The battalion had lost heavily in
ranks, but it had the
satisfaction of knowing that, although it had not been able to take
Ramicourt, it had established a firm hold on the Fonsomme Line
and thus provided a good starting line for an attack into the open.
The 15th and 16th Battalions were withdrawn early on 3rd October.
The decorations awarded for the operations at Joncourt and
Ramicourt were:-
Bar 10 Distinguished Service Order
Lieutenant-Colonel C. E. R. G. Alban, D.S.O., 15th.
Distinguished Se1'Vice Order
Major L . C. Mandleberg, M.C., 15th.
."W'i li tary Cross
Captain P . E. Townend, 15th.
Lieutenant J. W. Lewis, 16th.
H . J. Hulton, 16th.
Second-Lieutenant H . Whitehead, 16th.
Di stinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Maj or F. Capon, 16th.
Military Medal
Company Serjeant -:\'1ajor H . Mahon, 15th. Company Quartermaster-Serjeant G.
Serjeant J . W. Crinigan, 15th.
Serjeant J . Grundy, 15th.
Ser jeant F. Thompson, 15th.
Serjeant H. C. Meddings, 16th.
Private J. Ashworth , 15th.
Private H . C. Green, 16th .
Private F. Orme, 16th.
Dunning, 16th.
Serjeant A. Gastall, 16th.
Serjeant W. H . Jones, 16th.
Corporal A.
Hall, 16th.
Private E. Boston, 15th.
Private J . Guile, 15th.
Private J. SJade, 16th.
Priva te W . Taylor, 15th.
"YPRES, 1918"
1st, 17th, 18th and 23rd Battalions
The Allies had by now so completely gained the initiative that
they could choose the time and place of their blows with little
risk of interference from the enemy. The principle which they
adopted was not to press any attack when its initial momentum
had been lost but to launch a fresh attack elsewhere when
the enemy's reserves had been drawn towards the scene of
the previous operation. Eventually, so far had the morale of
the enemy declined that he was withdrawing rapidly in many
places and the Allies had to set almost the whole of their forces in
motion to follow him. Even so, the Gennan retirement was not a
rout and he fought what amounted to rear-guard actions very
stubbornly on suitable positions.
While the operations which have just been described were finally
destroying the reputation of the Hindenburg Line for impregnability,
the fourth, last and most decisive Battle of Ypres had been begun in
the north with the object of seizing the crossings of the River Lys
and ultimately dislodging the Gennans from the Belgian coast. The
main attack in this quarter was launched on 28th September.